ITV's Good Morning Britain taken off air following fire at studios, so stars stop to take selfies
Stars have been forced to leave ITV's studios on London's south bank following a fire which interrupted a live broadcast of the channel's flagship Good Morning Britain show.
50 people have been evacuated safely from the building, with London Fire Brigade stating that the blaze had taken over a room on the first floor of the building and there had been no injuries.
The show's staff, along with presenters Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway and newsreader, Ranvir Singh, were quick to update confused viewers on Twitter as to why a pre-recorded interview with Charlize Theron and an episode of Dinner Date had taken over their screens in place of the usual news programme.
We've been evacuated because of a fire alarm. Everyone's safe and we're hoping to get back in and on air ASAP pic.twitter.com/y6ztPCHztZ
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) March 25, 2016
So this is actually happening @GMB there is a fire. pic.twitter.com/i92x1MbylC — Ben Shephard (@benshephard) March 25, 2016
— Ben Shephard (@benshephard) March 25, 2016
Eek... Evacuated from work just before we go on air! pic.twitter.com/s5zXvSiT0C — simon white (@simonjwhite30) March 25, 2016
The fire was extinguished by 8.30am, a video posted by Shephard just after 8am showed the GMB team in a cafe close to the studio site, lamenting that while the chances of returning to broadcast on Friday morning were "zero," the "chances of a bacon sandwhich" were "quite high".
Outlook for getting back on air not great - outlook for coffee + bacon sarnie much better! @ranvir01 @kategarraway pic.twitter.com/9KYM9XWYkl — Ben Shephard (@benshephard) March 25, 2016